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More VAR Drama as Wolverhampton Reach Europa Quarters

More VAR Drama as Wolverhampton Reach Europa Quarters Photo: TT
Wolverhampton cheer after the converted penalty by Raul Jimenez

English Premier League club Wolverhampton have reached to the quarter-finals of the Europa League although their progress came after another VAR controversy.

Wolverhampton defeated runaway Greek champions Olympiacos 1-0 at Molineux Stadium to clinch a 2-1 aggregate victory but the visitors were aggrieved after the VAR belatedly adjudged Youssef El Arabi offside in the lead-up to Mo Camara’s goal.

Daniel Podence won Wolves an early penalty after some hesitation in the Olympiacos defence, with Raul Jimenez stepping up to put the Premier League club ahead in the eighth minute.

Wolves were both nervy and resolute in holding their slender advantage, with the closest call coming in the 28th minute when a lengthy VAR delay cancelled out Camara’s strike.

“It goes both sides, the reality of the game, you get used to it,” Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said about VAR.

“Sometimes you are one side, sometimes you are the other. You have to be comprehensive and get used to it.

“The tough moment is to react to those decisions and it took too much time to decide and the tempo of the game goes. Let’s try to help VAR, it should be faster.”

Reaching the last eight is a significant achievement for a club like Wolves, who’ve been drawn to play Spanish club Sevilla - who got past AS Roma 2-0 - in their one-off quarter-final in Duisburg on August 11.

Its a long way and today we made it worth it, football gives us good moments, gives us bad moments, but its so enjoyable to compete this is what this group of boys like, they like to play football,” Nuno said.

Sevilla is a big team, with big players and a good manager. Its a big challenge for us, so lets commit to it, lets challenge ourselves. I was watching the game and now I go home to see it again and we have a big, new challenge in front of us. Lets do it.

Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen beat Rangers 1-0 to finish their aggregate victory while FC Basel got past Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 to round out a 4-0 aggregate win.

Ben somerford
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